The festive season is upon us, and while that means many great things—food, family and friends, fun—it also presents quite a few challenges, like sticking to an exercise routine (or even just a reasonable caloric intake). If you find yourself overindulging, well, there's always New Year’s Day to harden your dietary resolve. Until then, these five easy styling tricks will keep your figure looking trim.

By Rebecca Daly
Updated December 03, 2015
Jeffrey W. Miller
Jeffrey W. Miller

Vertical Patterns

Stripes, lines, and even prints with a vertical orientation naturally draw the eye up and down—rather than side to side, the way horizontally oriented patterns do—making your figure appear longer and narrower.

Monochromatic Outfits

Creating an entire look from the same color works the same way vertical prints do. Color is the first thing almost anyone will notice about what you’re wearing (even those not particularly fussed about fashion), and wearing one hue head to toe creates a visually unbroken, vertical line.

Helpful Hemlines

Where a skirt falls on your leg may seem like a minor detail, but it can go a long way toward slimming your entire figure. A good rule of thumb to follow: The hemline of your skirt should hit the slimmest part of your leg. For most women this is either just above or below the knee, or just under the swell of the calf (making on-trend midi-skirts a flattering option for almost everyone!).

Slenderizing Textiles

You know the amazing effect shapewear, like Spanx, can have on your figure. Why not try clothing that works the same way? Certain textiles, like ponte knits or neoprene-esque “scuba” fabrics, are easy to find in an array of great styles, and have the same smoothing, slimming effect as your favorite foundation garment.

Accessorize to Scale

It’s a no brainer that slipping on a pair of heels adds height and makes you look slimmer, but a lesser-known trick is that other accessories can work wonders, too. Bigger baubles make surrounding areas seem proportionately smaller—try a statement necklace, for example, to minimize a larger bust. On the petite side? Smaller bags can help you avoid visually overwhelming your frame.